I am back.
After a rather longer than expected break from Earth by Anna, I am finally back. A heartfelt apology to all those wondering what the heck happened to me. You know, when it rains, it pours, and it has been absolutely bucketing/hailing/snow storming for the last couple of months. I have been drowning in work and life, desperately trying to keep my head above water and shit has just been absolutely hectic. I will save the life stories for another time, but apologies for the absence on Earth by Anna.
As I am sure you are all aware, if you are a Melbournian, we missed out on spring entirely this year. Yep, it just decided to not show up at all. It has been one long, slow, torturous winter filled with Primaloft jackets, too much activewear, unreasonable amounts of mulled wine and a disgusting amount of hot chips/comfort food. However, even though spring decided to take a rain check on 2016, summer is bound to be just around the corner (weather gods, please show some mercy) and we will soon be leaving the comforts of our homes with less than seven layers of clothing on.
With this in mind, spring is a great time of the year to clean out your beauty cabinet and make way for products that are going to be kind to your skin, hair and nails throughout the warmer seasons. During the cooler months, most of us spend far too much time roasting in the comforts of our heating, blasting our hair and skin at high temperatures with hairdryers and hot showers and skipping the moisturiser because it’s too cold to stand in the bathroom in the nude. Sound familiar?
Your skin, hair and nails have no doubt been to hell and back in the last six months and now is the time to start their rehab program. By making small changes and adding a few additional things to your beauty regime, you can kickstart your personal care regime and have your limbs, locks and lips back to their best in no time. To help you recover from the arctic temperatures and help you prepare for the tropics, i’ve compiled a list of my favourite cruelty-free and vegan products from Neena to soothe, invigorate and nurture your skin, hair and nails back to optimal health…..and keep them there.
An absolute little pocket rocket that works wonders for facial hydration and condition. Made from 100% pure plant oils that thoroughly hydrate your skin without clogging your pores, the Herbivore Lapis Oil acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial treatment for tired and dull winter skin.
Luna Bronze Self Tanning Moisturiser
The Luna Bronze Self Tanning Moisturiser has the works. It smells delicious, provides fantastic hydration for dry and scaly limbs, offers just the right amount of colour and is an absolute pleasure to have in your bathroom cabinet thanks to its ultra swish packaging. Luna Bronze delivers on all fronts.
Hot Tresses Rehab Shampoo & Conditioner
The Hot Tresses Rehab Shampoo & Conditioner is the absolute bees knees at restoring hydration and health back to long, luscious locks. They are vegan, chemical-free and loaded with nourishing oils and ingredients that work to fight dehydration and smooth frizz. Super popular for a reason.
A hair conditioner. That you leave in. Packed with vitamins, minerals and natural essential oils, this Yarok product is a gift to your hair after the beating it copped throughout the winter.
Your hands and nails have been drowning in heat for many months now and it is time to give them the TLC they deserve, starting with a cuticle oil. Because we all know there is nothing worse than terrible looking finger nails.
Musq has made life easy by creating this super luxe moisturiser that nourishes and soothes dry and dehydrated skin on both your hands and body. Enriched with organic ingredients that are designed to restore skin and lock in moisture, it will look and feel as good on your skin as it does on your bench top.
Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser
Because sleeping with your makeup on is a big no-no that dehydrates your skin even further. This Indie Lee vitamin-rich cleanser is a fantastic and gentle skin cleanser and eye makeup remover that helps soothe skin and preserve moisture, all while loading your bodies biggest organ (your skin) with antioxidants and vitamins.
I have about 10 of these floating around in the bottom of my handbag, my car, my gym bag, next to my bed and anywhere else I can put one. There are so many delicious flavours and they truly do a fantastic job at moisturising and hydrating your lips back to their kissable glory. Buy 20 of them. Or, even better, buy them for your friends for Christmas. They will love you for it!
Skin is often left dull, tired and lifeless after the cooler months, so incorporating brightening products into your routine is a surefire way to get your beautiful face glowing again. Loaded with some natural AHAs such as pineapple and papaya enzymes, the Brighten Instant Glow Mask will have as just as much impact displayed on your bathroom shelf (cheers to swish packaging) as it will on your skin. It is a yes from me.
To slough away all those dead skin cells that have made themselves comfortable over the winter. Coffee infused and packed full or raw and natural ingredients, the ONNE Body Scrub detoxifies as much as it nourishes and is a great product to awaken your skin after many months under layers upon layers of clothing.